Some cities are on track to welcoming more tourists, while others struggle with crowds

source WTTC, JLL.
Readiness for tourism growth (from the report Destination 2030).

Everyone who has visited a popular, well-known tourist destination during the high season has experienced the crowds, endless queues, and overpriced cafes. Overtourism has been recognized as an emerging problem, especially, in some European cities, whereas other cities are spending plenty of money in campaigns to attract more travelers. WTTC (World Travel and Tourism Council) and JLL have produced a report that studies a number of cities across the world, and their ability to respond to the growing numbers of visitors.

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11 European destinations listed as World Heritage sites in 2019

Augsburg, Germany
Photo: Stadt Augsburg, Ruth Plössel.

Every year, Unesco nominates new destinations across the world as World Heritage Sites. Only those destinations that have outstanding universal value and meet at least one out of ten selection criteria can be listed as heritage sites. In 2019, 11 out of 29 new inscribed sites were in Europe.

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Crash test dummies didn’t survive test collisions in new motorhomes

crashed van or motorhome, photo by mali maeder.
Photo by Mali Maeder.

Sales of motorhomes has risen rapidly in Sweden, and so have accidents where motorhomes have been involved. The Swedish traffic authority Trafikverket decided to test new motorhomes with crash test dummies to find out if these vehicles were as unsafe as they suspected. The results are bad. So bad that it makes us wonder why this hasn’t been discovered earlier.

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Rent a Finn provides hosts for visitors but which one to choose for a trip to Finland?

a scenery in FInland's lakeland district: Koli.
Koli, a scenery in eastern Finland lake district.

Here is an exceptional travel initiative from Finland: for June, July and August 2019, visitors can apply for a genuine Finn to host and guide them for three days. The purpose is to introduce the way of life that has made Finland the happiest nation in the world in 2018 (according to this report). The hosts will do whatever they do at home, at a cottage, or during their leisure time activities.

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Rome, Italy is taking a tough stance on overtourism to decrease crowds and pollution

Map of zones for tourist buses in Rome, Italy
Zone C closed from tourist buses in Rome.

One of Europe’s (and the world’s) most popular city destinations, Rome in Italy is restricting tourist bus traffic to the city center and is increasing the prices coach tour companies must pay to bring tourists to the city. The new measures will be effective January 1st, 2019. The objective is to reduce air pollution, noise pollution, traffic, and crowds in the city center.

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The most affordable and expensive cities in Europe for backpacker travel

Kiev, Ukraine. Photo by Ben Adlard.
Kiev. Photo by Ben Adlard.

The simple idea of backpacker travel is to tour destinations with a small budget. I have been on low budget trips without an actual backpack on my shoulders, so I don’t see it as a necessary low budget travel gear. Staying in hostels, camping areas, and other affordable places, using public transportation and enjoying low cost meals are essential elements of backpacker travel. Here are the cheapest and most expensive European cities for backpackers.

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The best search engine for travel information and for booking a trip

Map of Gothenburg (Sweden): hotel locations in Kayak

When the world searches for information, the vast majority of people turn to Google for assistance. Finding travel information and booking a flight or a hotel, however, is a different kind of task. Particular search engines and booking services that are specialized in travel provide detailed information on destinations. If the best way to search for travel information is not Google, what is?
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The most liveable city in the world is in Central Europe

Austria’s capital Vienna has been ranked as the most liveable city in the world 2018. The annual Global Liveability Index study conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit has analysed 140 cities across the world, and concluded that Vienna has the best living conditions. Cities in Canada, Japan and Australia dominate the top 10 of the index.
Vienna, Austria, Francisco  Anzola.Vienna, Austria. Photo by Francisco Anzola. Read the story “The most liveable city in the world is in Central Europe”

The most livable cities of 2018 are located in Europe

If you are thinking of moving overseas, living a life of an expat, digital nomad, remote worker, or retiring to a new environment, statistics and reviews of cities may help the planning process. The cost of living is an important factor, environment and nature, cultural activities, infrastructure, language, local people’s attitude to foreigners, safety, and reliability of administration are significant variables as well.
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